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January 31, 2013
Secret History of To-day: Being Revelation of a Diplomatic Spy
Personally; i felt this is the best book by Allen Upward.I love this book. Not too technical like one always found in secret service genre. Written in a way and flow that enabled the reader to keep up with pace without feeling being left behind wandering. The chapters of cases cleverly selected to sustain interest.
If you are into history; reading this book will be a breeze for you provided you had learned ( by reading/lesson/research) before of some personage and situation mentioned like eg
1) Queen Draga & her terrible assasination wt King Alexander that ended their dynasty altogether from ruling Servia.
2) The famous speech of Emperor Nicholas II for peace when at that time Russia was the strongest military power in the world.
3) Rumour of Franz Joseph abdication. We knew it caused Wilhelm II & Chancellor Bismark threw out of balanced that they sent a lot of spies to Vienna fearing his son, Crown Prince Rudolph to be exalted as Emperor. In this book abdication intended was post assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
For each chapter, the author dealed with 1 case. means; each chapter had different setting; places; personage. That 3 mention above are just examples.
If intended reader are familiar of some of that history chapter mentioned in that cases; then reading will be very fascinating & interesting.
Overall, no regret to read this book. In fact i felt very glad to came across it.